Equidaily Racing Journal



Saturday, December 19, 2009
Picks and plays for some of the day's major stakes
by Seth Merrow

RESULTS... Made some money with the stakes plays -- pumped up primarily with the nice results in the Gowell at Turfway where we had a piece of both the exacta [$124.20/$2] and tri [$842.20/$2].

We broke dead-even with the Best Bets -- but the results are perhaps better than that total as three of our singles ran second at odds of 4-1 or more -- making across-the-board bets, or perhaps inclusion in the various gimmicks, potentially lucrative.

Turf wagers are turf only

Best Bets

Fair Grounds: Race 2, Island Soul... 2nd at 4-1 [xxx, 6.80, 5.40].
Fair Grounds: Race 2, exacta box, Island Soul/River Oaks/Pulpit's Secret... Ran 2-4-8.
Fair Grounds: Race 10, exacta key, Desert Wheat over Nowandforevermore/High Toned/Lee's Spirit... Collected $14.20/$2.
Fair Grounds: Race 11, Aegean... Ran 8th at 4-1.
Fair Grounds: Race 13, Nineotwosixfive... Ran 12th at 13-1.
Fair Grounds: Race 13, exacta box, Pray For Grace/Harbin/Nineotwosixfive... Ran 7-9-12.
Tampa, Race 2, exacta box, Futuristic/Indian Uprising... Collected $12.00/$2.
Tampa: Race 5, exacta box, Eighteenthofmarch/Whirling Thunder/Stumbling Block... Off the turf - no bet.
Turfway: Race 10, Henry's Posse... Ran 2nd at 5-1 [xxx, 6.80, 5.00].
Turfway: Race 11, Really Now... Ran 2nd at 6-1 [xxx, 5.60, 3.60].
Hollywood: Race 1/2, double... R1/Scarlett's Place/Dave's Revenge/Gumption... R2/Quiet Invader... Collected $16.00/$2.
Hollywood: Race 7, Clutch Player... WON [9.80, 4.80, 2.40].

A = top selection
B = second selection
C = third selection
D = fourth selection
x = not among our selections

Fair Grounds: Sugar Bowl $60K


Enumerate...We had this guy on top in our selections for the G1 Hopeful this summer. He flopped big-time that day but all other races have been good. Disappointed a little at 4-5 here last time but could benefit from the start over the track.
Big Texas Daddy...Barnmate to top pick can contend on best effort.
North of Alaska...Solid debut win on this track. Will need to step it up but that's not out of the question.
Vito Filitto.

Wager: $5 WP on Enumerate.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fair Grounds: Bonapaw $60K


Grand Adventure...Faced better in last couple. Should fit well with these.
Due Date/Early Return...Due Date preferred with return to turf.
Cosmic...Capable if he likes the grass.
Storm Treasure.

Wager: $5 WP on Grand Adventure.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fair Grounds: La Champs Day Ladies Sprint $100K


Yare...In good form now including a solid win on this track in latest effort.
Cajun Conference...Also has a nice win over the strip coming into this.
Master Link...Beaten fave behind top pick last time -- but had a troubled trip.
Foxy Flyer.

Wager: $5 WP on Yare.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fair Grounds: Esplanade $60K

RESULTS: A-B-x [4.20, 3.00, 2.20, ex 22.60/$2]

She's Our Annie...Undefeated since second career start. Came back off of layoff in fine form.
Juliet's Spirit...Toss the turf experiment last time.
Overandabeauty...Lightly-raced this year but she's done well when given the chance.

Wager: $5 WP on She's Our Annie.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fair Grounds: La Champs Day Classic $150K

RESULTS: A-B-C [2.40, 2.10, 2.10, ex 6.20/$2, tri 15.20/$2]

Star Guitar...Hard to fault this guy -- particularly when facing state-bred company.
Ide Like a Double...Better than latest.
Takin the Bullet...Might prove interesting moving turf to dirt.

Wager: $5 exacta key Star Guitar over next two.

Fair Grounds: DRF Distaff $100K

RESULTS: A-Bc-Cd [original "B" scratched] [3.20, 2.20, 2.10, ex 6.40/$2, tri 13.00/$2]

War Echo...Third start off of layoff. Moving in the right direction. Nice win over the track earlier this year.
Pleasantly Blessed...Can complete an Asmussen exacta.
Unforgotten...Capable on best.
No Use Denying.

Wager: $5 WP on War Echo.
...$4 exacta key War Echo over next two.
...$1 exacta War Echo over No Use Denying.
...$1 tri key War Echo over next three.

Fair Grounds: La Champs Day Turf $100K

RESULTS: A-B-C [3.80, 2.60, 2.40, ex 14.20/$2, tri 109.00/$2]

Desert Wheat...Convincing win in prep for this.
Nowandforevermore...Second to top pick last time.
High Toned...Faded to fourth behind top pair last time -- but could be dangerous again on the front-end.
Lee's Spirit.

Wager: $5 WP on Desert Wheat.
...$5 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Fair Grounds: Letellier Memorial $60K


Aegean...Solid start to the season for a trainer known to do well with precocious sprint types. Expecting a good return from the layoff.
Right to Rule...Won a similar stake here last month.
Sheer Beauty...Went from maiden-breaker for a tag to a stakes win. Dangerous.

Wager: $5 WP on Aegean.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Turfway: Gowell $50K

RESULTS: D-A-C [A: xxx, 6.80, 5.00, ex 124.20/$2, tri 842.20/$2]

Henry's Posse...Looks to have returned from layoff an improved performer and could be set to pop in second start back.
Involved...Undefeated McPeek runner gets stakes-tested today but certainly looks to fit with this bunch.
Offlee Funny...Just behind the top pick last time.
Rapid Race.

Wager: $5 WP on Henry's Posse.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Hollywood: Futurity G1 $750K

RESULTS: A-B-x [2.60, 2.10, 2.10, ex 4.20/$2]

Lookin At Lucky...Would be undefeated if not for near-miss in G1 BC Juvie.
Nobles Promise...Just a smidge behind the top pick in the Juvie.
Marcello...Uncouple barnmate to top pick should be in the hunt.
Seattle Ruler.

Wager: $5 WP on Lookin At Lucky.
...$2 exacta box top two.
...$1 exacta box top four.
...$1 tri box top four.

Coast-to-coast Archives...Picks, plays and results from previous weeks


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